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Pope Francis and Grand Imam firmly denounce violence in the name of God.

Bruce Duncan. Shocked by savage attacks on Muslims by a radicalised Australian in New Zealand, of all places, and on Christians and other Sri Lankans by Islamists, it is clear that the virus of ISIS is spreading, despite the defeat of the so-called Caliphate in Syria. Islamist and racist violence will never be eliminated simply […]

April 29th, 2019 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Global poverty,Peace | Read More »

There are many good ideas to tackle inequality – it’s time we acted on them.

Marianna Brungs, University of Sydney. This is the final article in the Reclaiming the Fair Go series, a collaboration between The Conversation, the Sydney Democracy Network, and the Sydney Peace Foundation to mark the awarding of the 2018 Sydney Peace Prize to Nobel laureate and economics professor Joseph Stiglitz. These articles reflect on the crisis […]

March 5th, 2019 | Posted in Feature,Global poverty | Read More »

Catholic views on the Economy.

Review of Matthew Shadle’s Interrupting Capitalism: Catholic Social Thought & the Economy. Joe McKay Matthew Shadle’s book, Interrupting Capitalism: Catholic Social Thought & the Economy, provides a good review of different strands of Catholic Social Thought (CST), which takes into account not just the magisterium teaching of the Catholic Church, but also the historical response […]

February 24th, 2019 | Posted in Book Reviews,Church and Social Justice,Global poverty | Read More »

Faith demands action for justice & for the planet: Pope Francis in Panama.

Bruce Duncan. In Panama for World Youth Day, Pope Francis drove home his message that faith in Christ demands engaging in the struggle for justice, peace, ecological sustainability, and social equity. His visit to Panama 23-27 January 2019 was short, but he was determined to help mobilise the social conscience of Latin Americans for a […]

February 5th, 2019 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Global poverty | Read More »

In the post-APEC scramble to lavish funds on PNG, here’s what the country really needs …

In the post-APEC scramble to lavish funds on PNG, here’s what the country really needs …

Mark Moran The University of Queensland. If you set out by dinghy from the northern-most inhabited part of Australia, you will make landfall fairly soon in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Boigu Island, part of Queensland, is the most northerly island in the Torres Strait. With its own Australia Post outlet, it is less than ten […]

December 6th, 2018 | Posted in Global poverty,Politics | Read More »

Australia needs to triple its social housing by 2036. This is the best way to do it …

Australia needs to triple its social housing by 2036. This is the best way to do it …

Julie Lawson RMIT University, Hal Pawson UNSW, Laurence Troy UNSW, Ryan van den Nouwelant Western Sydney University. Australia needs to triple its small stock of social housing over the next 20 years to cover the existing backlog and newly emerging need. That is the central finding of our new research report on the housing infrastructure needs of low-income […]

December 6th, 2018 | Posted in Economic issues,Feature,Global poverty | Read More »

Voices for justice. A program for aid advocates.

1-4 December 2018. Canberra. Micah Australia is hosting a four-day training program in Canberra 1-4 December 2018 for people committed to working for improved justice in the world. The program includes two days of training and workshops with leading speakers, and a final two days lobbying politicians in Parliament House. The program is hosted by […]

August 2nd, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Events,Global poverty | Read More »

Pope Francis challenges economics, poverty, & globalisation.

Bruce Duncan. Pope Francis has been relentless in his critique, indeed denunciation, of abuses in the international economy which are responsible for the Global Financial Crisis and its continuing unresolved consequences, especially growing inequality which he sees in Italy and much of Europe, destabilising governments and encouraging extreme nationalist movements. He blames growing inequality and […]

June 23rd, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Global poverty | Read More »

Why microfinance as aid isn’t enough to empower women.

Why microfinance as aid isn’t enough to empower women.

Sara Niner Monash University Giving small loans to people for small household purchases or to invest in businesses has been an integral part of Australian, American and other aid programs for decades. This is called “microfinance”, and the aim is not only to alleviate poverty, but to empower women. But simply improving a woman’s economic […]

June 1st, 2018 | Posted in Global poverty | Read More »

Vatican blasts inequality & greed for undermining human prospects.

Vatican blasts inequality & greed for undermining human prospects.

Bruce Duncan. The Vatican has launched a stringent critique of widespread abuses in global economies, which are driving astonishing degrees of inequality, threatening ecological sustainability, and unleashing powerful reactionary political forces in response, as seen in parts of Europe and elsewhere. The issues are keenly pertinent in Australia, as we see in the Australian Royal […]

May 28th, 2018 | Posted in Church and Social Justice,Feature,Global poverty | Read More »